Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans
Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Biology | Life Science | Environmental Science | Oceanography
Microscopic poops with a global impact!
Students learn about the ecological and global importance of zooplankton and their fecal pellets in the ocean carbon cycle. Students are guided through the scientific method while participating in an activity that simulates real sediment trap fecal pellet research. Students hypothesize where a sediment trap was set based on the "fecal pellets" contained in their sample, identify source species using a dichotomous key, count and weigh biomass of pellets, and graph and share results with classmates.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, zooplankton, identification
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The 2019/2020 VA SEA project was made possible through funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Margaret Davidson Fellowship Program which supports graduate students in partnership with research reserves where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together. VA SEA is currently supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program.
Sharpe, K. (2020) Zoop Soup (and Poop!). VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. doi: 10.25773/ssda-cc20